Taking Steps

Smack, smack, smack-smack… You can hear him coming: his hands pat the floor as he pulls his whole crawling self in one direction or another. He’s getting faster, without a doubt. He is a little explorer, this one: the dishwasher, the stairs, the toys that belong to his brother and sister, the vacuum (but only…

Why not start a home project?

I mean, what’s one more 2020 roller coaster? Yep, now that we’re back in the US to stay, we’ve jumped on the #fixerupper #demoday #homeproject #biggerkitchenplease #everythingtakeslongerthanyouthink bandwagons. We knew this year would be full of transitions and chaos; here’s hoping that facing them all in one fell swoop means less chaos later. Rip the…

On the eve of October…

It’s a cooler, half-overcast, half-sunny day: sweater weather, I’d say. Trees have started to change color. Time for jackets at the playground and socks instead of sandals. Pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps and rakes will soon get dragged out of the garage. These are the sensations we didn’t get in Tokyo. I have missed…

Coming Home

Well, we’re no longer expats. Despite the pandemic and limited travel options, we made the trek back to Michigan a little more than two weeks ago. It’s strange to think our Japan adventure has truly ended. It was all a bit of a whirlwind as we prepared for the move and said goodbye to the…

Our Tokyo pandemic baby

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I published a post. Since my last post, my son completed his school year in early June, my daughter had an extra few weeks of school until July, and most remarkably, we welcomed a new baby to our family! Noah Alexander was born on June 17; he…

By Friday…

I’ve really been trying to be optimistic and as upbeat as possible during these weeks of staying home and keeping to ourselves. But by Friday each week, like many of you, I imagine, I’m at the end of my rope and it’s all I can do not to throw up my hands and leave my…

Tokyo’s State of Emergency…ish…

We’re nearing the end of Week 10 over here in Tokyo. Writing this in the first week of May, I think back to the first week of March, when both of my children’s international schools closed. At the time it was only for the month of March, with plans to return to school after spring…

Learning about my eLearner

We are in the middle of Week 7 of home schooling/eLearning/digital classrooms/new reality here in Tokyo. After this week, we have at least three weeks to go. My son’s elementary school has not closed for the rest of the school year – yet – so while many of us feel it’s likely they won’t reopen,…

Some things can't be stopped: Signs of Spring

When I started this blog a few years ago, naming it “Stopping Time” made sense; I was on maternity leave with our sweet baby girl and taking a break from work, so I had more time to reflect on the little things in life. And then when we moved to Tokyo, it felt like “stopping…

Homeschool Life: a view from two weeks in

In the last 24 hours, many of you have learned you’re joining me in the world of home schooling and keeping the kids healthy, engaged and entertained at home for days at a time. Two weeks ago, I was at the beginning of this new reality, and now that I’ve lived it for a couple…